Republican challenger Sharron Angle has now moved to a four-point lead over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada’s bare-knuckles U.S. Senate race.More from Jim Geraghty:
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Nevada Voters shows Angle hitting the 50% mark for the first time since mid-August, while Reid earns 46% of the vote. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and two percent (2%) more are undecided. (To see question wording, click here.)
The total percentage of voters who voted third party and none of the above in Nevada Senate races since 1986 has been: 5.6 percent, 6.47 percent, 4.4 percent, 4.2 percent, 3.8 percent, and 3.8 percent. That comes out to an average of 4.8 percent. At this point, Reid probably needs at least double the average to have a shot at winningDirty Harry starts to write his own post mortem:
Reid told one reporter that if he loses his bid for a fourth term, part of the reason will be the anti-incumbent sentiment voters have been expressing. He also blamed the sour economy and the Supreme Court decision to lift the ban on corporate campaign spending.Sorry Harry, it's not the Supreme Court. Face it, they're just not that into you.
"With the economic situation the way it is and the tens of millions of dollars in ads being run against me, I have some understanding of what is going on here," Reid said. I wish it weren't as close as it is, but I understand the frustration of the people of Nevada and I hope they understand, if nothing else, how hard that I work, every day, for the state of Nevada."